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Rhodesia Medal
File:Rhodesia Medal.pngFile:Rhodesia Medal reverse.png

Rhodesia Medal Ribbon.svg
Obverse (left), reverse (right)
and ribbon of medal
Awarded by United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya
Type Campaign Medal
Eligibility Civilians, police, and military personnel who participated in the resolution of Zimbabwean independence
Awarded for 14 days of service in Rhodesia between 1 December 1979 and 20 March 1980
Established August 1980
Total awarded 152 to Australian's [1]
Next (higher) Varies by country
Next (lower) Varies by country

The Rhodesia Medal was initiated by the British Government in consultation with Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya, whose forces took part in Operation AGILA, (Operation MIDFORD for the New Zealand forces). The role of the multi-national force was to keep peace between 22,000 guerrilla fighters and the Rhodesian forces during the ceasefire run-up to the 1980 elections.

Each country treats the medal as part of its own honours system.


The medal is awarded for service of at least 14 days between 1 December 1979 and 20 March 1980, to members of the military and police forces, as well as eligible civilians, who participated in the lead-up to Zimbabwean independence.


The Rhodesia Medal is circular, made of rhodium-plated cupro-nickel. The obverse features the crowned effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse of the medal depicts a sable antelope surrounded by the inscription 'THE RHODESIA MEDAL' and '1980'. The medal is suspended from a ribbon sky-blue in colour with three central stripes of red, white and blue.


Country Preceding Following
Australia Australia
Australian Honours Order of Precedence[2]
Australian Service Medal Police Overseas Service Medal
New Zealand New Zealand
New Zealand Honours Order of Precedence[3]
New Zealand Defence Service Medal Papua New Guinea Independence Medal
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Order of wear[4][5]
Prison Services (Operational Duties) Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Royal Ulster Constabulary Service Medal

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